The Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival is an exciting time whether living in or visiting Melbourne. Melbourne becomes a busy and vibrant place with people dressed in bright summer colours and traditional suits, with races taking place each weekend starting in October and continuing through to November, you can always find a style of the day that suits you best! It is a great time to get dressed up and enjoy the Spring weather.

There are a number of days that you can attend the races, with many carrying strong traditions, especially where dress attire is concerned.

Derby Day held at Flemington Race Course has a strong tradition of seeing women dressed in black and white, with men wearing morning suits.

Oaks Day also held at Flemington Racecourse is also known as ladies day. It is a fantastic chance for women to show their own unique style. This is a time to forget black and white and wear a colour that is flattering as the blues and corals are a winner and suit most people’s colouring yellow which is also popular at the moment is harder to wear and if you have a cool undertone to the skin then citric yellows will suit you best and for the ladies with a warm undertone the buttery yellows are a better choice. Oh and don’t forget a hat or fascinator as it is very feminine and I have noticed a lot more men attending this day and commenting on the wonderful outfits. It is also a wonderful chance to view Fashions on the Field. Race calling stand

The Caulfield Cup held at the Caulfield Race Course tends to see the dress style a little more relaxed than at Flemington and really is the start of the fashion fiesta.

The dress style and etiquette at the races has changed dramatically over the years, with shorter dress lengths, and more revealing styles of dresses worn.

Unless you are entering the member’s areas which still have dress codes you are now able to wear almost anything you feel comfortable in.

Until next time,